- “What is important is that if he leaves the country without meeting with President Trump, this is a lost opportunity," Macron said.
- "We need to build mutual trust," Rouhani said, and added that if the United States government wants to negotiate, it must provide the conditions.
- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday that the US president has asked to mediate in order to ease tensions between India and Pakistan.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to arrange a meeting between the US and Iranian leaders continued in New York on Tuesday. Hassan Rouhani described Mr. Macron’s efforts to lift US sanctions against Iran as a success, but Donald Trump said in a speech at the UN General Assembly that sanctions would not be lifted as long as Iran’s threatening behavior continues. Mr. Macron first met with Mr. Rouhani on Monday night. He said on Tuesday evening that Mr. Rouhani was accompanying British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to meet with the British Prime Minister.
“What is important is that if he leaves the country without meeting with President Trump, this is a lost opportunity. Because he will not come back in a few months. And President Trump will not go to Tehran so they have to meet now,” Macron said. The French president had earlier said, “I believe that the conditions in this context for a rapid return to negotiations have been created. There is a common intent to progress and to not just find the terms of de-escalation, but build a long-term accord,” he said. “But it depends on the will of both sides.”
Mr. Rouhani said in an interview with Fox News in response to Mr. Trump’s speech that the withdrawal from the nuclear deal had seriously damaged confidence. “We need to build mutual trust,” he said. Rouhani added that if the United States government wants to negotiate, it must provide the conditions.
On Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Mr. Rouhani in an unplanned meeting. He also met with Donald Trump, who spoke with Mr. Rouhani about Iran’s nuclear program and regional tensions. She said the Iranian condition for lifting US sanctions before the talks began was unrealistic. Speaking after meeting with US and Iranian presidents, Ms. Merkel said: “I would welcome it if it came to talks between the U.S. and Iran but it won’t work that all sanctions are first taken off the table and then there are talks. I think that is not realistic.”
Abe Condemns Attack on Saudi Arabia
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday voiced concern over the situation in the Middle East and urged the Iranian government to move on the basis of the wisdom behind its rich history. In a speech to the General Assembly, he described the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities as a major crime that threatens the international economic order. He did not say which country he believed responsible. The US and several European countries have blamed Iran. Abe had previously met with Mr. Rouhani.
Request from Pakistan
Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday that the US president has asked to mediate in order to ease tensions between India and Pakistan. Khan told reporters this after meeting with Mr. Trump and Mr. Rouhani.
Answering a question from reporters, Mr. Trump said of his offer, “it would always stand. If I can help, I would certainly do that. And it will be dependent on both of these gentlemen. One without the other doesn’t work, if you’re going to do mediation or if you’re going to do arbitration. But certainly, I would be willing to help if both wanted. If both Pakistan, let’s say, and India wanted me to do that, I am ready, willing, and able. It’s a complex issue. It’s been going on for a long time. But if both wanted it, I would be ready to do it.”